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New Director of the Division of Higher Education – Higher Education Commission Appointed

Dr. Edward R. MacKay has been a leader in higher education in the State of New Hampshire for many years holding several prestigious positions, including the Chancellor of the University System of New Hampshire. He is well known for his collaborative work and has demonstrated a deep commitment to K-12 schools and the development of a seamless system of public education. As Director of the Division of Higher Education – Higher Education Commission, he will be in a position to support continual improvement and innovation in our public education system. His knowledge of STEM programs will provide the department with expertise across K-20 programs.

Dr. MacKay has served in a leadership capacity on many boards, including the NH College Tuition Savings Plan Advisory Commission, Davis Educational Foundation, NH Business & Industry Association, New England Board of Higher Education, Council of State Representatives for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, NH College & University Council, and State Higher Education Executive Officers. Most recently he was awarded the prestigious 2013 New Hampshire State Champion for best practices and support of public education by the New England Secondary School Consortium (NESSC).

Dr. MacKay said, “New Hampshire is facing demographic headwinds that present a significant obstacle to sustaining our vibrant economy and quality of life. I look forward to working with all sectors of the postsecondary education community to meet our commitment of providing the excellent, accessible, and affordable programs and services required to meet this challenge.”

Dr. MacKay earned his Ed.D. at Vanderbilt University, master’s degree at Lehigh University and bachelor’s degree from Bloomsburg University.

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